Castlemaine State Festival Youth Media opportunity

CSF Youth Media team members interview HALT co-founder Jeremy Forbes.
CSF Youth Media team members interview HALT co-founder Jeremy Forbes.

Calling all young folks aged 13-25. Do you have an interest in media? Do you care about culture? Want to express your opinion whilst gaining valuable skills in camera work, interview technique and word-smithing?
If so you will be excited to learn that the Castlemaine State Festival (CSF) is running a Youth Media Summer School program next Wednesday January 18 and Thursday January 19 and is inviting enthusiast young people to get involved.
Join CSF’s Creative Learning Producer Kate Stones, and local media professionals Elly Varrenti and Leonie Van Eyk for two amazing days of digital media discovery.
The Youth Media Summer School will prepare participants to be part of the CSF Youth Media Team during this year’s Castlemaine State Festival which runs from March 24-April 9, 2023.
The team has opportunities to create promotional content, interview artists, review events and create a conversation about culture from their unique perspective.
Stones said on day one they will explore the 2023 Festival Program, learn interview techniques, develop our opinions and express them in written and/or spoken words.
“Day two includes hands-on experience with camera, lights and sound equipment, creating content that will be used to promote the Youth Media,” she said.
The CSF Youth Media Summer School will run from 10am – 3pm each day at festival’s home base at the The Goods Shed in Kennedy Street. BYO lunch and drink. Snack provided. The Summer School is cost $30, the rest of the Youth Media Team experience is free.
CSF Youth Media Team members aged 18+ receive a per diem of $50 during the Festival. To book your place on the Youth Media Summer School, email
Dialogues 2022 Youth Media Team member Mavis encourages local youth to get involved in the program.
“My confidence has definitely grown. At the beginning I did not like being on camera, but I’ve done three interviews now, and I’m going to introduce one of the panels,” Mavis said.

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